A senior BJP leader said the name of the new chief minister would be announced by party's central observers comprising Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar and state party in-charge Mangal Pandey.
Ms Sitharaman and Mr Tomar, along with Mr Pandey, had met the newly elected legislators and the Members of Parliament to discuss the formation of the government and the Chief Minister.
After spending two days in Shimla, they returned to New Delhi and submitted their feedback to party President Amit Shah.
Five-time legislator Mr Thakur has emerged as a key contestant in the Chief Ministerial race, with the party expected to take a final call at the BJP Legislative Party meet.
The name of two-time Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who faced a humiliating defeat in this election, has not been ruled out either. The BJP won 44 seats in the 68-member assembly.
Senior Party leaders met in Gujarat on Friday and announced Vijay Rupani's name for the chief ministerial post, while Nitin Patel's name was announced for the post of deputy chief minister.
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